Jefferson, the official Bigfoot capital of Texas — thanks to a spring proclamation from the city’s mayor — is once again gearing up for the annual Texas Bigfoot Conference at the Jefferson Visitor’s Center on Oct. 19 and 20.
Conference founder Craig Woolheater said on Monday that this year’s conference comes just one day after the 87th birthday of noted Bigfoot filmmaker Bob Gimlin, who on Oct. 20, 1967 filmed the most notorious shot of Bigfoot ever caught on film with buddy Roger Patterson in Bluff Creek, California.
“Bob Gimlin’s 87th birthday is on Thursday and that Friday night, we will have a catered dinner with him, in his honor,” Woolheater said. “The House of Seasons is sponsoring his trip here for the conference.”
Tickets are on sale now for the Friday dinner which will be catered by the Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast and will feature an Italian inspired spread.
Guest speakers and presenters will fill the day on Saturday, including author, actor and cryptozoologist Lyle Blackburn from the movie, “The Boggy Creek Monster.”
Saturday night will feature another dinner for guests, which will again by catered by the Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast and will feature a Cajun inspired theme.
Woolheater is encouraging interested folks to purchase their tickets now, as last year’s conference sold out.
“Tickets will be for sale online until Saturday, Oct. 13, or until we sell out,” Woolheater said. “Last year we sold out and were having to turn people away at the door so I would encourage everyone to get their tickets as soon as possible.”
Saturday night’s dinner will also feature a special screening of the first episode of Blackburn’s television show “American Monster Tour.”
Woolheater’s annual Bigfoot conference draws in hundreds of curious Bigfoot believers each year, but he also set up a college scholarship fund benefiting two Jefferson High School graduating seniors each year from proceeds of the conference.
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets online, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/. events/1658431647518379/. The Jefferson Visitor’s Center is located at 305 East Austin Street in downtown Jefferson.